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A book-related post!

It’s perhaps unfair to compare these two children’s books about two civil wars, but I read them quite close to each other, so the comparison came readily. Irene Hunt wrote ‘Across Five Aprils’ about the American civil war, as experienced by one Jethro Creighton, while Dorothea Moore (whom I've never posted about here before although I have copies of her books) wrote ‘Perdita, Prisoner of War’ - yes, I admit the title made me grab for it – about Perdita Eynescliffe’s experiences in the English civil war.

I say it’s unfair to compare them chiefly because Read more... )
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Christabel’s Cornish Adventure: Dorothy May Hardy Nelson (this reprint the second in 1958)

‘”Well, for cool cheek you have no equal, Chris.”

‘Thus spoke Jane with admiration’ p.83

I don’t know about that assertion, Christabel is part of the Dimsie Maitland, Mary-Lou Trelawney etc tradition. Read more... )


For tomorrow, a merry Christmas!
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Katya’s World : Jonathan L. Howard, Strange Chemistry, 2012

I bought this without really appreciating that it was going to be YA. Anyway, Katya Kuriakova Read more... )
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The Ogilvies’ Adventures: E.L. Haverfield. Henry Frowde Hodder & Stoughton 1913

The Ogilvies are Hester and Sadie, two Canadian girls newly arrived in England. Read more... )
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Dauntless Patty: E.L Haverfield Oxford, 1927 (reprint)

I’ve read some other books by Haverfield, although I see I haven’t reviewed any by her here. I must have enjoyed the first book that I read by her, because I always have positive associations with her name.

Patricia ‘Patty’ Garnett is Read more... )
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There were some mysteries: one featuring bored redheaded twins in Rhodesia in Monica Marsden’s A Matter of Clues. The first Rhodesian-set story I’ve read in a while, it's extremely silly. I then read Out of the Past by Patricia Wentworth, a (late) Miss Silver mystery that features many familiar elements, but there is an attempt to reorder them.

There were two family adventures off the Irish coast, both featuring some extraordinary modes of transportation and Irish clichés, plus the handy deaths of some of those Irishmen who were only mourned for a chapter at best. The Golden Galleon by Eileen Heming Read more... )

Then there was Jonquil, Test Pilot by Eileen Marsh, about Jonquil and her brother Jack and sister Belinda, who love flying aeroplanes. Read more... ) This book featured a lot of illustrations, most of which I didn’t like at all.

Then finally, unseasonally, there was The Merryfield Mystery by Marjorie Cleves about a group of schoolgirls, two mistresses and staff who stay behind at their school over the Christmas holidays. They’re snowed in and ‘haunted’. I wished that the whole mystery angle, in which everyone was a part-time ghost hunter and sleuth, had been dropped by the author just to tell the story of how this mixed group had got on and entertained themselves.

Oh dear, that’s a grumpy overview, and the truth is, the fact that I managed to nearly burn three toasts this morning has nothing to do with it. I had a relaxing break! (A fuller review of a book that I enjoyed more will be coming next.)
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How the Girl Guides Won the War: Janie Hampton Harper Press 2010
Read over July and August 2011

The war in question is the second world war, and while the book itself doesn’t really bear out the claim of the title, it does show the extremely important role that Guiding played during that period in Great Britain, the Channel Islands, Continental resistance movements, internment camps on the other side of the world and afterwards. It’s woven together from all kinds of sources – the most gripping are usually the words of the girls and women themselves, either recorded at the time or speaking with hindsight. Read more... )
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Jessica on Her Own: Mary K. Harris Faber Fanfares 1978

I reread this over the Christmas holidays (and I might as well be honest, I think I'm more likely to write about the Australian Open than I am to post more reviews of anything that I read over Christmas). I picked it up because the book was mixed in a pile of non children's books that I was sorting through as part of the slow process of removing more of my books from my parents'. I must have read it before, although I didn’t remember much about it.

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The first time I saw the advert for Wimbeldon, it was quite charming, but not so much the second. I fear that it'll get on my nerves over the next few days.

Also over the weekend, I read Fun Next Door by Freda M. Hunt, and it was quite fun. I felt as if it was a sequel (but the book didn't have those useful footnotes children's series have referring you to the title). Ann is living with strict and older relatives in the charmingly named village of Duckpuddle because her mother is sick. Fortunately for her, their neighbours, the Dakers, have children her age and run a school. At Pinetops, Ann does have the aforementioned fun (picnics turn into explorations and Ann becomes a budding ornithologist and also a cat-owner). What was most interesting is that one of the children living next door is Apple (short for Applegard!) the son of a famous Negro singer. The writer emphasises his Americaness more than his skin colour. My copy is from 1958 and it was first published in April 1953.
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I've just finished reading this book, so this may not be that considered a review. I began it last night, stopped for a good night' sleep and completed it over breakfast.

Up a Road Slowly: Irene Hunt

I remember that I found out about this Newberry Award winner online, but not precisely where or in what context it was recommended. I'd certainly recommend it, it's a coming of age story, slightly in the vein of L.M. Montgomery, with good writing to savour. Read more... )
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What's (maybe) better than bookshops? Shops that sell books and bookshelves!

A new name for the collection - Winsome, who features in 'The Innocent Sinner' by Dora M. Hardisty (a story in The Big Book of School Stories for Girls) who is supposed to well named, melting the hearts of headmistresses, school puppies and rivals alike.

I watched a BBC4 documentary on Snow on iPlayer (the title is The Weather and it first aired on Monday at 9, so it's still available on iPlayer). Read more... )

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